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 September 23 2019

For seven years now, FFTC has been working with agri-economists and agri policy experts of its partner countries to publish agricultural policy and other related papers. This is part of the FFTC-agricultural policy platform project of which the Center started in 2013. To date, close to a thousand articles on agricultural policies have been published and uploaded in the FFTC agricultural policy website under 30 categories ranging from trade liberalization countermeasures to farmers welfare and retirement system to agricultural marketing policy, etc. They are written by agri policy experts from more than 10 countries in the Asian and Pacific region.

As of March 20, 2019, the number of registered visitors to the FFTC-AP website has reached 12,022, a growth rate of 21.9% compared with 9,382 accumulated registration nine months ago. Of this figure, the Philippines ranked on the top (27.3%), followed by Malaysia (14.6%), Vietnam (6.0%), Taiwan (5.3%), Thailand (5.3%), Indonesia (5.1%) and India (4.5%). The number of hits per day during the recent three months (Dec. 14, 2018 to March 19, 2019) is 7,552 and the accumulated number of hits of the FFTC-AP website is 6,543,059.

With the AP project proposal for 2019 approved by Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) last February 26, the FFTC management has bigger plans to improve the whole project. First in line is the redesigning of the AP website to give it a new and fresher look. Its outline has already been drafted and discussed in the recently held AP advisory group meeting, and plans are now underway to construct a more attractive, friendly and interactive AP website.

In this light, FFTC is inviting all researchers, agri economists and agri policy experts to contribute agri policy related papers for publishing in the FFTC-AP website. Come visit us at http://ap.fftc.agnet.org/ for more information or send us an email to Ms. Natalie Lu at natalielupy@fftc.agnet.org.tw